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Jun18

Platanos, a picturesque village near Paralio Astros

 
Small waterfall at the entrance of the village
 
 
 
Ιn a lush ravine on 440 metres altitude, you will find hidden the picturesque village of Platanos. Located 25 km away from Paralio Astros on the road to Agiannis, Platanos has been declared a traditional settlement and the visitors realise very soon why!
The first written historical record of Platanos appears in 1467 and according to other reports, the residents are descendants of ancient Aegina.
 
The walks in the village streets will surprise you pleasantly as you will see stone houses, the old mill and the old stone fountain. You will also find the Tower of Mira, a special tower with angular shape, which was built for defensive purposes. At the entrance of the village there are running waters that form a waterfall and gives a feeling of freshness to the visitor, especially in summer. 
 
In the centre of the village there is the church of St. Anne and two post-Byzantine churches of St. George and St. Theodore with frescoes.
The springs, the waterfalls and the lush vegetation of the village make it really special. There is a great variety of trees such as chestnuts, cherry trees, walnut trees, vines trees and other. Southeast of the village there is the gorge of Spilakia, with the cave of Christ where the residents found refuge against the army of Ibrahem.
 
 
 
 
During the summer the village attracts many visitors and ​​many events and festivals are organised such as the celebration of cherry and chestnut later in October. In August there are the celebrations of the Waters, the Moon and Love with various events that have been established.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The locals are very hospitable and always willing to help and show the visitors around. It is a lovely place where you can start your explorations on the tracks of Parnona. Also in the few taverns you can taste traditional delicacies or enjoy your coffee and home-made sweets in the cafe or at the guesthouse of the village.
 
 
 
 

Jun17

The archaeogical museum of Astros

The archaeological museum of Astros


The archaeological museum of Astros is located in the centre of Astros, at the Karitsioti square. The building was built in 1805 by Dimitrios Karitsiotis and ran as a college for the area. Next to it, in April 1823, the 2nd National Assembly took place with important politicians and generals from the Greek revolution. The college was destroyed in 1826 by Ibrahem but hopefully it was reconstructed by Karitsiotis' relatives.
This traditional, preserved building started to run as a museum in 1959. After the excavation in the villa of Erodis Atticus in Eva, near Doliana, a lot of important findingσ from the ancient times have been added.
The museum contains collections of:
 
  • Architectural parts of the villa of Herodes Atticus at Eva Dolianon
  • Findings, mostly ceramics from cemeteries of Hellenistic date
  • Small findings and coins from various areas at Kynouria
  • Inscriptions from various areas of Kynouria
  • Bronze dedications